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About Explorations

Grades 7-9 | March 3-8th, 2024

Explorations empowers students to explore their distinct perspectives and experiences and share those gifts with the world. Through this immersive, week-long program at Fort Worden, students are introduced to the world of arts and ideas, creative risk-taking, and personal development. This unique learning environment challenges the mind and body in equal measure.

“Students returning from the Centrum experience demonstrated a stronger inner strength and an internal desire to produce higher quality work in their academic subjects. We also noticed students intentionally seeking out relationships that broke down clique boundaries and forged unexpected bonds. The immediate effects of Centrum were increased student academic resilience and achievement, as well as a healthier classroom community as a result of leadership displayed by Centrum alumni.” – Brenda Buck, Language Arts teacher, First Creek Middle School

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Explorations Workshops

Explorations Youth Program

  • Centrum’s first program of the year, a seasonal kick off of inspiration and creativity
  • Schools and clubs look forward to this annual program - some even plan their schedule to ensure students can attend Explorations
  • Students love exploring Fort Worden State Park in their afternoon freetime
  • Express yourself tracks: arts, music, breakdance, spoken word, comics + Student Art Showcase to celebrate creative growth
  • Artist faculty eat meals with students, inspiring casual conversation and learning throughout the day

Experience Explorations

Explorations Events

Explorations Gallery

Each day is divided into four workshop sessions, with plenty of time for meals, exploring, and rest. During the evenings, artist faculty present showcase performances/lectures about their work.

Participants have a core workshop session where they pursue their main interest, then explore different genres in their other three classes. During breaks, participants connect with nature and explore the trails, beaches, and historic monuments at Fort Worden State Park. Evenings are filled with performances, teambuilding activities, fun, and snacks! The week culminates in a student showcase where families can celebrate the creative growth of participants.

Comics and World-Building – Taylor Dow
How can collaborative world-building techniques from tabletop role-playing games help us make comics in community? This class focuses on building your narrative and collaborative art skills to create a host of memorable settings and characters in a living, thriving world. We start by drawing a massive, continuous map. As the week progresses, we create comics that add details to our world-map, zooming in on individual cities, habitats, legends, characters, and forbidden places.

Percussion: The Roots of Steel Pan – Angie Tabor
This course takes students through a fun, high-energy, hands-on musical journey tracing the roots of the steel pans in Trinidad & Tobago. Students explore the traditional music created by a determined youth culture, who, in spite of many obstacles, continued to find ways to make their music. We’ll learn rhythms and melodies as we practice a song together for the final day.

Contemporary Dance-Kirsten Kinney-Contemporary Dance with primary emphasis on personal expression through improvisation and self-creation, students will explore kinesthetic and spatial awareness, relationship to music and others, while exploring musicality and dynamics.

Music & Roots – Joe Seamons
Learn to hear and play instruments and songs that laid the foundation for American music as we know it! This class gives you experience playing music with others on an instrument of your choice – guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin, singing and percussion are all options for students, and beginners are welcome.

Drama Workshops with Maude Eisele

Tuition, plus room and board, per student: $600
Chaperones: free

Scholarships are available for those who are not able to otherwise attend. If the full tuition is a significant financial burden to you, please select the scholarship/work-trade registration type. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served; and as-needed basis. Apply online as you register.

For this program, students sign up in groups of 4 to 6 with an adult chaperone. Tuition plus room and board are free for chaperones, but each chaperone needs to be registered. Meals are served at Fort Worden Commons.

Don’t wait until the deadline to register – Explorations fills up quickly!

Parents & Guardians The safety and comfort of your children is our highest priority. Meals at Fort Worden State Park are served on campus at the Fort Worden Commons. Students are housed in historic fort buildings renovated as dormitories. What to Bring & What Not to Bring Cell phones and electronic devices are not allowed at Centrum Youth Programs. In case of emergency, Centrum's program manager and staff carry phones and will notify you as soon as possible. You may leave a message for your student at any time with Program Manager Alyssa de Leon (360) 385-3102 x120. You will receive contact information in an email prior to the start of the program.

Please bring these items:
• An extra blanket (it can be cold)
• Warm clothes (including a warm jacket)
• Rain gear
• Clothes you can get messy in (paint, etc.)
• Soap & shampoo
• Day Pack
• Water bottle or canteen
• Hat (such as a baseball cap)
• An alarm clock
• Flashlight
• Spiral notebook or journal
• Pens, pencils and erasers
• Clothes you can MOVE in for dance, theater, etc. (not jeans) OPTIONAL • Musical instruments • Camera
• Quarters and soap (To do laundry)
• Healthy snacks (Centrum provides three meals a day, as well as light evening and afternoon snacks. Students are welcome to bring additional snacks, however we strongly discourage sending students to Centrum with large amounts of sugary snacks).
• Linens are provided in the dormitory, including pillows, sheets, blankets and towels, but an extra blanket can come in handy.
• Bathing suit, if you are bashful. You may want to bring a suit for when you take a shower, although there are individual shower stalls for privacy.

Please go through this list carefully, and call if you have any questions. Providing extra care in helping your student prepare for the week will enhance their experience greatly. Thank you for your help! If you have any more questions about Strong Voices, please contact Alyssa de Leon at 360-385-3102, x120, or adeleon@centrum (dot) org

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Kirsten Barron Kinney graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography and in Dance Performance. While attending UCI, she was a member of Donald McKayle’s modern company Etude Ensemble, Fresno Ballet under the direction of Donald Bradburn, and has returned to UCI as a guest choreographer for Bare Bones Dance Theatre in 2007, and as a guest performer for the Donald McKayle’s Tribute in 2009.…

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Rachel Kessler

Rachel Kessler has been writing, performing, and creating installations  for over 15 years as co-founder of the literary performance groups “The Typing Explosion” and “Vis-à-Vis Society.” She  is also a poet, essayist, and comics artist.

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